Facebook Users Vote on How They Want to Be Governed

Results of Facebook site governance voting has concluded. And majority of those who responded to Facebook call for votation wanted to be governed by the proposed Governance documents made publicly available by Facebook. Pending audit by an external auditor, the new Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities will soon replace the exisiting Facebook TOS. And if you’re not familiar with what the new governance policy state, you might want to check out the Facebook governance site.Or if you would rather know the salient points of the FB Governance policy, you might want to check the following commentaries by third parties who support the new Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

  • Julius Harper, co-founder of the first and largest Facebook group against the previous change to the terms
  • Anne Kathrine Petteroe, co-founder of the first and largest Facebook group against the previous change to the terms
  • Jonathan Zittrain, co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • The Consumerist, which originally reported on our revised terms in February

Or if you’re one of the more than 1.4 million Facebook users who didn’t care about this exercise, you might want to ignore the results of this voting and continue with your Facebook activities.

But for those who care, you might find it interesting that there were only 600,000 of you who voted. While these maybe a significant number, it still is way below 50% of the total number of Facebook users. 74% of those who voted were in favor of the new documents.

Despite the low turn-out of votes, the proposed documents shall be instituted once the audit is done.

Now maybe it’s about time for us to read the proposed Facebook governance documents to avoid possible legal impediments later on.